Naseem Gulamhusein, BA, CPP is an educator and advocate of experiential, somatic, active and holistic living. She has worked passionately in the field of holistic health and wellness for 17 years. Her inspiration flows from having embodied daily Yoga practice. In 2008, she developed the curriculum for the Langara Holistic Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Program, which is the first of its' kind in a public college in Canada. Naseem has also written a comprehensive manual, called Transformational Teaching: A Holistic YTT Manual, to train students on how to teach the classical and holistic practices of Yoga. In 2016, she won an award from the Indo-Canadian community for my contribution to Yoga and Wellness in BC. She is currently studying for a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at SFU, with a focus on Health Education and Active Living (HEAL).
Gary Bello, MA Psychology, Interfaith Minister, is an author, teacher, public speaker and therapist who began studying and practicing Yoga, psychology, and meditation in 1971. At that time, he founded and directed a non-profit Yoga institute in Montreal, Quebec that offered outreach programs. He combines the teachings of Yoga with therapy, and authored the book: Enlightening Moments: Living Beyond the Frustration Cycle. www.garyandradhabello.com
Tianne Allan, BA, ERYT-500, Registered Yoga Therapist came to Yoga after a long career as a high performance athlete. As her love of Yoga grew, she began teaching. After a serious car accident Tianne’s Yoga practice became her pathway to healing. Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy provided tools to help her heal both physical and emotional trauma. Tianne now devotes her teaching to sharing these powerful tools of healing and transformation through classes, workshops and teacher trainings, locally and internationally. www.yogatianne.com
Anuradha Hannah has been studying and teaching Yoga for over 40 years. She received her formal Certification in Classical Ashtanga Yoga in 1981. Inspired by her heart and her teacher, Baba Hari Dass, she continued her practice and immersion in Yoga life at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, as a founding member and manager for many years. Anuradha specializes in pranayama, meditation, philosophy and the practices of Bhakti (devotional) Yoga. She received her teacher's certification in education from Regina College. It is her belief that Yoga can bring universal love and peace to the world, one heart at a time, beginning with ourselves. Her passion’s are photography, music, and dance.
Jen von Henzke, Registered Massage Therapist, has been teaching Yoga for nearly a decade as well as the owner/operator of Sadaya Yoga and Massage since 2009. She has over 500 hours of combined Yoga teacher trainings, in the styles of Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara, and Prenatal. She has always had a keen interest in the human body - both its' function and form. When not in the studio, you can find Jes enjoying her family, bodybuilding at the gym, climbing a mountain, or reading on the beach. www.jesvonhenzke.com
Sarah Holmes de Castro, MA, TCTSY-F (Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator) is the Director of Programs for Yoga Outreach, working with volunteer yoga teachers and facility staff to deliver trauma-informed yoga programs and facilitating trainings for yoga teachers and health professionals. She is a yoga therapist teaching at Onsite and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addictions. In 2010 Sarah completed teachers' training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the Boston Trauma Center. She is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist with Integrative Yoga Therapy and continues to deepen her understanding of yoga as a practice to support healing, most recently studying Functional Yoga Therapy and Pain Care Yoga. She is proud mother of 2 and delighted to be offering workshops for mothers to support wellness and balance. www.yogaoutreach.com
Lori Lucas, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP has been teaching Yoga full time in Vancouver for over 13 years and holds a specialty designation in Prenatal Yoga. In addition to all things birth related, Lori is very passionate about healthy aging and staying functional and pain free throughout our lives. Lori has presented at the Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria Yoga Conferences and teaches group classes, workshops and teacher training’s out of her studio space in her neighborhood of Mount Pleasant. www.yogawithlorilucas.com
Maggie Reagh, MA, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) conducts private and public Yoga Therapy classes as well as her own IAYT accredited training program in Vancouver, Canada. She regularly teaches Therapeutic Yoga at Capilano University where she has been faculty since 1997. She started her own yogic studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage in 1995 in Vancouver before going to Mysore, India in 2000 with BNS Iyengar. She went on to study with the Desikachars in Chennai, India and the Kraftsows on Maui. In 2003, she started her Iyengar-based training with various senior teachers. She continues her studies in Yoga Therapy, Philosophy, and Vedic Chanting with DV and Radha Sridhar, and Viji Vasu in Chennai, India. www.yogatherapyinternational.com
Nicole Marcia, MA, Certified Yoga Therapist has taught therapeutic Yoga classes and offered individual sessions to trauma survivors struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety since 2004. She is a Project Coordinator and Instructor at Langara Continuing Studies. She also trains Yoga teachers and clinicians in the trauma-sensitive Yoga theory and techniques required to support trauma survivors in their healing, long-term stability and recovery. In 2009, she was awarded a master’s degree in Yoga Therapy Studies from Lesley University in Boston, MA. Since then, she has been employed by the Provincial Health Services Authority at their Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and teaches at Onsite; the treatment arm of North America’s first safe injection site. www.finebalanceyoga.ca
Dr. Jeff Morley, Ph.D. R.Psych From 1990 – 2013 Jeff served as police officer in the RCMP where he worked in a variety of roles from uniform and plainclothes through to human resources, conflict resolution, change management and health services. He has spoken across Canada on trauma issues in policing including to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of police. Jeff has conducted many training sessions nationally on conflict resolution, trauma, CISM, resilience, and psychologically healthy workplaces. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in the area of trauma and resilience in policing. Since 2004 he has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he has taught Group Counselling, Advanced Group Counselling, Career Counselling, and Trauma Counselling.
Janice Muir, BSc, RN, BSN, MSc (N) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pain Management has her Masters of Science in Nursing and was the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pain Management at Providence Health Care in Vancouver, B.C. She is also a member of Acute and Chronic Pain Services and the chair of the interdisciplinary Providence Health Care Pain Initiative Committee at Providence Health Care. She is an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Nursing and she is a member of the Education Committee for the of the Pain BC Society. She has completed numerous courses on non-pharmacological approaches to pain management including Therapeutic Touch and Integrated Energy Healing.
Julie Peters, MA is a writer and yoga teacher in Vancouver, BC. She owns and runs Ocean and Crow Yoga with her mom, Jane. She has an MA in Canadian Poetry from McGill University, co-founded the East Van Poetry Salon, is President of the Vancouver Poetry House board, and has represented Vancouver twice in the Women of the World Poetry Slam and as a member of the 2012 Vancouver Poetry Slam team. She writes a biweekly blog for Spirituality and Health Magazine and has written for various other publications, online and otherwise. Her new book, Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses (SkyLight Paths Publishing) is forthcoming in Spring 2016. www.jcpeters.ca
Swami Mahesh holds a Bachelors degree in engineering and a Masters degree in Yoga philosophy. Deep psychic experiences in his youth led him to his Guru Paramhamsa Satyananda. He lived in service with his Guru for the customary twelve years. Now he travels both internationally to conduct seminars and workshops on Yoga in various educational settings, social service organizations, corporations, yoga studios and prisons. He has conducted Yoga workshops at many notable universities including Harvard and Princeton.
Maitreyi is originally from India, having trained there in classical Yoga since childhood. She now travels and teaches around the world, demystifing and simplifying spirituality, bringing ancient wisdom into modern context. She trains companies and individuals in the science and art of self/stress management - and Arkaya Yoga. Maitreyi was invited to be on the advisory board of the World Yoga Council in Europe and also received the Yoga Semmal Award (expert in the field of Yoga studies) in India in 2007. She founded a trust for the slum children and helps them create holistic and healthy lives. www.arkaya.net